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A tile master in our midst

I’ll be heading out soon to interview tile artist and manufacturer Michelle Griffoul at her home in Buellton, just north of Santa Barbara, for a Pardon Our Dust [...]

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Can’t get enough tiny houses?

There’s a whole gaggle of ‘em at TinyHouses.net. You know, a tiny house need not be a full-time residence. Here’s how this site defines tiny houses: [...]

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A week at design school

If a new custom home or major remodel might require a year and a few hundred thousand dollars to pull off — or more — wouldn’t it make sense to spend a week [...]

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Gewgaw? Or nah?

Gew·gaw [gyoo-gaw]–noun: something gaudy and useless; trinket; bauble. (Dictionary.com) Every now and again, we’re faced with a wrenching dilemma: Do we retain the [...]

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The rule of five

I got some good advice from furniture designer and TV host Amanda Pays. For those of us who want a consistent “flow” through our homes, Amanda suggests we limit [...]

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OK, this is too much fun . . .

I just spent a very pleasurable hour recreating my living room and dining room on this cool Better Homes & Gardens site called Arrange-a-Room. Why this should be so [...]

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A Craftsman comeback

So what do you do if you own a landmark California Craftsman home in Glendale whose cedar shakes have been painted some 20 times during the past century? Paint yet again? [...]

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The anti-McMansion

When you come across a charming-yet-tiny Westside cottage, do visions of bulldozers dance in your head? If you want more space than a vintage bungalow can yield, you [...]

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Ikea solution for a ’70s wet bar

So you’ve got this wet bar in your 1970s house or apartment and it’s screaming for a mirror backing, glass shelves, a collection of cocktail glasses, a faux [...]

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New product: Instant tile backsplash

This new kitchen accessory from Broan (makers of those super-quiet exhaust fans, among other products) goes in the category of instant kitchen update for less than $500. Of [...]

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Oops! Might want to reconsider that plan

The people I interview are generally thrilled to tears with their completed remodel, either because it all came together despite their doubts and fears, or simply because [...]

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In praise of architects

Before its major remodel, this 1921 Granada Hills home had virtually no discernable exterior style. That’s because the original house had been distorted in the 1950s [...]

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Of Steinbeck and shipping containers

I could totally live in a house or addition made from shipping containers, like this Redondo Beach home by DeMaria Design Associates. Container houses bring to mind the first [...]

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Got pails of paint?

If you’re a serial remodeler, you’ve likely got half-full cans of latex paint around house. What to do with it? CNN reports on two cities, San Francisco and Miami, who [...]

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